Kerry Warns North Against Missile Launch

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SEOUL, South Korea - - Secretary of State John Kerry has delivered a stark warning to North Korea -- saying it shouldn't test-fire a mid-range missile.

Kerry told reporters in South Korea's capital Friday that if North Korea's Kim Jong Un decides to launch a missile in any direction, he'll be choosing to "ignore the entire international community."

He says it would be a "huge mistake" for Kim.

U.S. officials say if the trajectory of the test missile suggests it could threaten the United States or its allies, the military would move to shoot it down from one of nine ships armed with ballistic missile defense systems in the Pacific -- including two that were moved closer to the Korean peninsula.

While warning North Korea against the missile launch, Kerry tried to downplay a new U.S. intelligence report suggesting significant progress in the North's nuclear weapons program.

He repeated statements from other administration officials who've noted that the North still hasn't developed or fully tested the nuclear capacities it would need.

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